Student Life Newsletter - January 9

Hello NIC students,

Welcome to the 2023 Winter term at North Island College! We hope the information in this issue will help you get connected, get supported and get involved at NIC. The Student Life team is excited to meet you at Orientation!


Monday, Jan 9 – First day of Winter term, all fees must be paid in full & prerequisites met by 4 pm

Monday, Jan 9 – NISU Welcome brunch, Campbell River campus, Student Commons, 10 am – 12 pm

Tuesday, Jan 10 – NISU Welcome Brunch, Comox Valley campus, Tyee Hall Student Lounge, 10 am – 12 pm

Wednesday, Jan 11 – NISU Welcome Brunches, PA Roger Street campus cafeteria, 10 – 11:30 am, and PA Tebo campus, main entrance, 12 – 12:30 pm

Friday, Jan 13 - Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm


In-person & Virtual 2023 Winter NIC Orientation events

Live Virtual Event:

Tuesday, January 10: Virtual Orientation, 12 – 1 pm, via Bluejeans, Meet the Student Life Team

To sign-up email us ahead of time at:

In-Person Events:

In-person Orientation NISU Welcome Brunch

Date: Monday, January 9        Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Location: Campbell River campus, Student Commons

In-person Orientation NISU Welcome Brunch

Date: Tuesday, January 10        Time: 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Comox Valley campus, Tyee Hall, Student Lounge

In-person Orientation NISU Welcome Brunch

Date: Wednesday, January 11   Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Location: Port Alberni Roger Street campus cafeteria

In-person Orientation NISU Welcome Lunch

Date: Wednesday, January 11   Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Location: Port Alberni, Tebo campus, main entrance


Please check our Orientation webpage for more details. If you have any questions, email


Watch videos about the supports and resources available to you at NIC, how to navigate NIC’s digital learning platforms, and what the North Island Students’ Union does for you.  You can also check out our “Meet Your Supporters” videos and find links to important information for NIC Students. Click here to check out Orientation-On Demand.

Winter Clothing Drive 

Free winter clothing is available to students in need. This clothing was donated by NIC employees and is made available in plastic bins at the Campbell River Commons and Comox Valley Student Lounge.  Please help yourself if you need warm winter clothing.

Career Services & Work Integrated Learning

Need a career boost? Want some help connecting with opportunities? Tell us more about when and how we can help you find meaningful work related to your studies this winter semester! Please take 1 minute to complete this survey indicating when the best days and times are to host career-related opportunities such as student-industry networking events or 11:11 employer information sessions. Let us help you find meaningful work this year! 

Meeting with Advisors

During the Winter term add/drop period (Jan 3 - Jan 18), Advisors will be available on a drop-in basis only. 

To access phone and/or email drop-in please: 

·         Call 1-800-715-0914

·         Email; please include your full name, student number and phone number in your email

·         Stop by the student services desk at your local campus to request a drop-in meeting

Students with non-urgent questions, please book an appointment here after January 18. 

Be More Than A Bystander Train the Trainer program

This training is free for men in the BC skilled trades industry (unions, trades training facilities, apprentice and journey tradesmen, employers, etc.) and runs from January 16th – 18th, 2023, 9am – 4:30pm in person in Port Coquitlam. It will leverage the impact men and allies have when they step in and speak up against the toxic culture of bullying and harassment in the industry and will teach how to apply effective de-escalating intervention tools and strategies, leading to the participant’s ability to run subsequent 2-hour training sessions. More information can be found here. Ready to apply? The application can be found here.

Snowshoe Fridays: An Alpine Adventure

The Comox Valley Foundry is offering a free snowshoe tour up the mountain each Friday this Winter (Jan 1– Mar 3) to anyone between the ages of 12-24. Email Rachel to register; registration includes transportation to/from Mount Washington, snowshoe rental, and trail pass. Expect a free event, between 0 am – 1 pm on Friday, in a small group setting and a safe and supportive environment.

Hospice Film to Screen

Christopher Kerr is a hospice doctor. All of his patients die. Yet he has cared for thousands of patients who, in the face of death, speak of love and grace. Join World Community and the Comox Valley Hospice Society for a screening of the uplifting film Death is But a Dream on Thursday January 12th at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College. Everyone is Welcome. Admission is by donation. The film will also be available virtually from January 13 – 15.  For links to the film trailer and to purchase online tickets, go to FMI: call Janet (250 334-1840).

ISCBC 2023 Provincial Youth Summit: “Stewarding Connections With the Land”

The Invasive Species Council of BC will host the 2023 Provincial Youth Summit: “Stewarding Connections With the Land”, taking place virtually on January 28, 2023 from 1:00pm-5:00pm PT. This event is free to attend, and all are welcome to join us. Registration will close on January 27, 2023. Register here


Spinach & Bean Quesadillas


1 x 15 oz. can of cannellini beans

2 cups of chopped spinach

1 cup of grated white cheese

½ tsp each of salt, chili powder & garlic powder

½ cup of sour cream

4 x 8-inch flour or rice tortillas


Rinse and drain the beans then place them in a medium-sized bowl. Add the spinach, cheese, spices and sour cream and stir to mix. Divide the mixture between 4 tortillas and fold each one in half.  Cook the quesadillas in a frying pan over medium heat (3-5 minutes per side) until they are slightly crispy on the outside and melted on the inside.



Contact NIC’s Early Assist for personal or academic campus and community supports.

For emergencies call 911 or the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. You can also visit Here2Talk.

Support services include: emergency financial aid, Indigenous supports, counselling, disability services and much more.

The Library & Learning Commons (LLC) is your perfect spot to borrow a laptop, print a document, or just say hi! Academic Supports at LLC include: Research Support, Writing Support, Math Support, Peer Tutoring and Student Technical Services.


Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? If you’d like to recognize someone’s expertise, support, or kindness that contributed to your success, please fill out our recognition form.  We will send the nominee an anonymous thank you on your behalf including your comment(s).

Please keep in touch by email or Student Life Facebook or Student Life Instagram. We welcome your feedback!


Book an appointment here to chat to a member of the Student Life team here. Please keep in touch by email or through our Student Life Facebook or Instagram pages. We welcome your feedback!


Lela Kulesh, Rachel Birch, Mez Jiwaji - your Student Life team